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August 14, 2013

Tuesday USCFootball.com QBR



Fueled by a pair of touchdowns and no interceptions, Max Wittek closed the gap with Cody Kessler after Tuesday's practice.

Overall Fall Rating

Max Wittek Cody Kessler
Pass Attempts 260 275
Completions 140 163
Completion% 53.85 59.27
QBR 104.82 111.91
QBR-Adjusted 104.50 111.50

Practice #13

Max Wittek Cody Kessler
Pass Attempts 12 14
QBR-Adjusted 169.33 105.40

Quarterback Analysis by Ryan Abraham:

The Trojans held a shorter, two hour practice on Tuesday in part because 19 players were unable to participate due to injury.

Not only were the top-two QB targets Marqise Lee and Nelson Agholor unavailable, there were only two scholarship wide receivers left for Wittek and Kessler to throw to.

Neither quarterback had a ton of throws, but in that limited time Wittek took advantage, throwing for a pair of touchdowns, a high percentage and he didn't turn the ball over.

QB Notes:

  • With an adjusted QBR of 169.33 for Tuesday's practice, Wittek achieved the highest score so far of the fall.
  • Kessler jumped over 60% completions after Monday's practices, but dipped just below that after Tuesday.
  • Both quarterbacks threw perfect passes that would have went for touchdowns but were dropped. Wittek's was a play-action bomb to De'Von Flournoy and Kessler's was a red zone pass to Victor Blackwell. Kessler had one other medium range pass dropped by a walk-on receiver.
  • Each quarterback was sacked once. Kessler was also stripped once and Wittek threw an errant backwards pass that went as a fumble.
  • Though Blackwell dropped a touchdown throw from Kessler, he also made an impressive catch that went as a touchdown for Wittek. It appeared Ryan Henderson was going to pick it off at the goal line, but Blackwell stole it away for the TD.

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